Texas as a “sanctuary state”

The Texas Tribune has a good article (“Is Texas a Sanctuary State?“) on the debate over the “sanctuary” label that has been attached to Houston during the current governor’s race. The article helps shed light on the various claims that we’re going to hear repeated throughout the 2010 campaign. I thought it was an especially interesting article because it looked into why state and local law enforcement have rules about asking about immigration status. The story includes links to Houston police and Texas Department of Public Safety policies on the issue.

The article raises a couple of interesting topics for discussion. One issue is the proper role of state and local officials in immigration policy. Another issue centers on the policies and priorities of local law enforcement officials


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